Pueblo a Pueblo, Inc.

Our mission is to improving the health, education and food security of families in Indigenous and rural communities in Latin America. We seek to strengthen vulnerable families by serving women and children, with an emphasis on Indigenous peoples in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala and other rural, coffee-growing communities in Latin America through integrated, school-based health & education programs. Pueblo a Pueblo was founded on the belief that meaningful and sustainable change requires the commitment and active involvement of the individual, community or organization that will benefit from that change. Pueblo a Pueblo strives to deepen values such as personal responsibility, se...
Jul 5, 2013

Transforming Organic Gardens into School Lunches

Over the past months your donations have allowed us at Pueblo a Pueblo to install Organic School Garden projects in two new partner elementary schools: Totolyá and Nueva Providencia.

Before we arrived the Ministry of Education provided both schools with small amount of “school snack” funding. Each day children received a half-cup of ‘Atol,’ a warm, corn based drink that helped to keep their hunger at bay but lacked core nutrients and vitamins. Moreover, funding from the Ministry was inconsistent and often failed to feed all the students. Since children need vegetables, meats, and grains to get a sufficient amount of daily energy, the simple provision of Atol wasn’t enough. Many dropped out before the sixth grade.

Studies show that having access to daily, nutritious foods helps students to focus, resist illnesses, and remain motivated in school. Because of you we already provide daily, hot lunches to four partner schools in the Santiago Atitlán region. Fruits and vegetables used in the lunches are grown in our organic school gardens – the same as those we just installed in Totolyá and Nueva Providencia. In addition to providing lunches, the gardens teach students about healthy eating habits and sustainable agriculture, key concepts in a region continually threatened by food insecurity. With your support, these gardens will continue to evolve into nutritious lunches and an invaluable educational resource for students in Totolyá and Nueva Providencia. Thank you for making this possible.  

Jun 13, 2013

"We Are the Champions"

Recently, Pueblo a Pueblo launched our new “Family Planning Champions” program, or Campeones de Planificacion Familiar, in which twenty women from our Maternal and Child Health program signed up to be trained as family planning mentors to other women in the community. This past week, our Campeones successfully completed their final training session and are now looking forward to their new roles as peer mentors, spreading the word about effective methods of family planning.

In preparation for their work with the program, the women were trained in numerous topics related to family planning and maternal health. These trainings included topics such as human reproductive anatomy, cervical cancer, methods of effective communication, and family planning strategies and religion.

Pueblo a Pueblo Program Assistant Vilma Mendoza, who trained the women for their roles as Campeones, is optimistic about the new program. She says that many of the women have expressed enthusiasm for their new roles and have attended trainings ready to learn about what they can do to positively impact their community.

“It is important to teach the entire municipality about the diversity of methods they can use if they want to plan their births,” she says. “So it is good that these women are really participating, and now they are going out into the community to transmit this information.”

In the weeks ahead, we hope to bring you more news about Campeones de Planificacion Familiar and what they are doing to impact the health of the women of Santiago.

May 24, 2013

Celebrating Book!

Last month we celebrated International Book Day with students at the Chukmuk Elementary School. The celebration aims to instill reading habits in people around the world and we did just that in our school library!

We designed an activity that got students’ creative gears moving: each teacher read “The Legend of St. George and the Dragon” to their classroom and students were to create their own illustration inspired by what they heard.

Lidia, our school librarian, continues to lead and develop daily literacy activities, which encourages the celebration of books year round!

The library has also welcomed new members to the team:

Jo Umana a trained librarian that arrived in February, is here to help with the organization of the Chukmuk Library. She collaborated on the development of the electronic book database, and has also assisted Lidia with cataloguing and literacy activities. Another focus of her works has been developing programming that invites the community of Chukmuk to the school library through parent and child events.

Tomas Pacay Mendoza joined the Pathways to Literacy team in April and is working on a pedagogical support project. He works with the Chukmuk teachers on the methods and techniques for teaching constructively and meaningfully. He is locating materials in the library that teachers can use in their lesson plans and has designed “literary corners” in the classrooms that allow students to learn in fun and innovative ways.

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